Ottawa Police Services Board meets, discusses 2023 budget direction

By Anil Jhalli

The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) has set a direction for the 2023 budget. 

In a unanimous vote at the OPSB meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, the board approved a plan to direct staff to draft the policing budget with a 2.5 per cent increase. 

“The city is expected to grow to 1.4 million residents in the next 25 years,” said Stubbs at the meeting. “So it's important that now, we lay the foundation for the safety of our neighbourhoods and set us up for future success.”

If approved, the average tax bill would increase by $17 a year. 

Among the other topics discussed at the meeting was making changes to board's  procedure by-laws that would affect the way public delegations are handled with the board.

The changes, which would be tabled at the Feb. 27 board meeting, include creating a separate public consultation meeting before the official board meeting and limiting the time people can speak if there are more than 12 presenters.

Among the changes proposed is holding the pre-meeting delegations to an hour between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. the day of a regular meeting through Zoom or another online platform. 

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